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Get Lean with 5S Workplace Principles

March 20th, 2017 (No Comments)

5S – Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain Recognized as one of the strategies associated with “Just in Time” manufacturing (Toyota Production System), the 5S system for workplace organization and standardization originated in Japan. The “5” relates to a series of five Japanese words that begin with the letter “S” and translate into […]

PCB Rework – Evolving Cleaning Methods

March 3rd, 2017 (No Comments)

Smaller devices makes PCB rework harder. Today’s manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) strive for quality and drive operation yields close to 99% and above – yet some boards will still fail functional tests when coming off the assembly line and need rework. With the increase of smaller, better PCBs for smartphones and tablets, PCBs can […]

Ten Labels to Solve Your Engineering Challenges

February 17th, 2017 (No Comments)

Put the right one on There’s a right label for every application and Brady has designed a handy cheat sheet to help you on your way. When choosing a label, you’ll want to ask yourself several questions – Will the label be in a harsh environment? Will your label face high, cold or fluctuating temperatures? […]

Dry Air Static Control and Ionizers

February 7th, 2017 (No Comments)

Dry air and ESD control The specifications and devices being assembled determine the recommended humidity range for a manufacturing facility. When the air is dry, static control becomes much more challenging. Although ESD events may be reduced by increasing the humidity, unfortunately that same humidity may cause a reduction in the quality of moisture-sensitive devices […]

Zero in on Smog with Weller’s Fume Extractors

January 19th, 2017 (No Comments)

Weller Zero Smog Fume Extractors Compared   Smog – fog or haze combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants Weller’s fume extractors remove dangerous gases and harmful particles out of the air, typically while soldering to create a healthier environment. If you’re in the market for a fume extractor, one of your best bets–Weller’s Zero […]